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Full text of "The Cambridge Natural History"

OSSICULA   AUBITUS

into communication with the internal organ of hearing would
be homologous throughout the series. He believed, therefore,
that the entire chain of ossicula auditus in the mammal is
equal to the eolumella of the reptile, since their relations
are the same to the tympanum on the one hand and to

FIG. 15.-r-Head of a Human embryo of the fourth mouth. Dissected to show the
auditory ossicles, tympanic ring, and Meek el's cartilage, with the hyoid and thyroid
apparatus. All these parts are, delineated on a larger scale than the rest of the
skull, an, Tympanic ring ; bJvy, hasihyal element ; Jt.y, so-called liyoid bone ; %,
incus ; nut, "bony mandible ; ml, malleus ; stt stapes ; tp, tympanum ; tr, trachea ;
I. (mk\ first skeletal (mandibular) arch (Meckel's cartilage) ; IL second skeletal
(hyoid) arch ; III. third (iirst branchial) arch ; IV; V. fourth and fifth arches
(thyroid cartilage). (From Wiedersheim's Stmctu-re of Alan,.}
the foramen ovale on the other ; and that the lower jaw
articulates in the same way in both. It follows, therefore, that
the glenoid part of the squamosal must be the quadrate which
has become ankylosed with it after the fashion of concentration
in the mammalian skull that has already been, referred to. The
fact that occasionally the glenoid park of the squamosal is a
separate bone1 appeared to confirm, this way of looking at the
1 Gf. tlio Armadillo Peltepliilits, i. 186.